What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
80%
7%
4%
5%
407
flagMalaysia
80%
3%
0%
16%
30
flagAustralia
78%
3%
3%
12%
66
flagthe United Arab Emirates
77%
3%
6%
12%
31
flagCanada
76%
6%
5%
12%
75
flagthe United States
75%
6%
6%
8%
1090
flagthe Philippines
74%
5%
3%
11%
59
flagSpain
72%
3%
10%
10%
29
flagNorway
71%
6%
6%
15%
45
flagthe United Kingdom
70%
6%
6%
14%
636
flagPakistan
70%
4%
6%
12%
50
flagGermany
68%
5%
9%
15%
231
flagItaly
67%
18%
8%
6%
49
flagthe Netherlands
63%
7%
11%
17%
52
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
17%
19004
flagUkraine
62%
11%
5%
20%
35
flagFrance
58%
9%
9%
22%
62
flagRepublic of Ireland
56%
12%
14%
17%
41
flagUnknown
54%
8%
9%
26%
772
flagAustria
50%
10%
7%
25%
28

Gender

men57%
women63%
lead
57%
63%
mercury
7%
6%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
22%
17%

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